10 Ridiculous Myths People Believe About Fast Food
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One of my first jobs as a kid in High School was at a McDonald's restaurant. There was no A/C and you had to add the totals off a pre-printed pad, in your head. I made up a 'system' that worked well and I got to be quite quick at addition. The Fries were made daily from 100 lb bags of real Russet potatoes that the opening fry-guy hauled up from the basement, put in a peeler, then cut in a hand cutter, washed them three times and then basted them before racking them in the 'reefer', for use during the day. Real grease was used, either tallow or lard (My Mom always remarked how I reeked of fry fat when she would bring me home after a shift!). The burgers were 100% American beef and arrived at the store frozen, preformed and pre-ground. The cheese looked and cracked like real cheese, American cheese, not like the stuff these days that looks more like plastic slime. The onions and other condiments were all mass produced and the as was the mix the shakes were made from. The buns were baked at a plant and shipped in daily. The fish sandwiches came in near to the end of my career at McDonald's.

Bottom line, it was good food and nothing sat out more than 15 min before it was tossed out. I ate so much of the stuff, I couldn't eat a McDonald's burger for over 5 years after I quit. Even today, after your nearly half through, it all stats to taste like a starchy goo. I don't eat there anymore, at all. In fact, I rarely eat at the quick food places. Just a personal prerogative.

Here's a nice article on some myths and truths about today's fast foods, including some on the 'sit down' restaurants.



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Sunday, 25 February 2018
10 Ridiculous Myths People Believe About Fast Food

We have something of a love-hate relationship with fast food. Many of us happily stop at a drive-through when we need something in a hurry, but we still sneer at the food and look at it with suspicion. We fear constantly eating food that was made in a commercial kitchen, and the speed with which it’s prepared implies that it was made without care. The megalith of commercialized, super-quick food production leaves many nostalgic for the good old days, when you knew exactly where your food came from and what was in it.

While eating fast food may not always be the healthiest option, and we certainly can’t guarantee the safety of our food if we don’t prepare it ourselves, many rumors of the fast food industry’s incompetence are greatly overstated.





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The Incorruptible Hamburger 


People have an odd belief that mass-produced food is literally made of industrial chemicals meant more for paint stripping than eating. This has led to the even odder belief that fast food hamburgers never decay. What makes this myth particularly weird is that despite being one of the most pervasive myths about food, it is also one of the easiest to debunk. Anyone can buy a burger and watch it decompose over time, but the myth has only recently seen serious busting.


McDonald’s Canada was asked about the “incorruptible McDonald’s hamburger,” and the company decided to finally kill this silly rumor. A spokesman admitted that the company’s burgers do tend to dry out rather than rot, but that’s not because they’re laden with chemicals. The burgers simply don’t have much moisture in them after the cooking process, and leaving them in the open air removes even more. In properly moist conditions, a McDonald’s burger would rot just like any other food.


An independent study by a food blogger found that under similar conditions, McDonald’s fare rots at the same rate as homemade burgers. 




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Fast Food Restaurants Are Less Healthy Than Dine-In Establishments 


You’ve decided that you want to take the family out to eat, but you want to feel good about the food you’re shoveling into their starving mouths. You decide that you should go to a sit-down restaurant, since those places clearly offer much healthier options than the local McDonald’s. Unfortunately for your family, you may have made the wrong choice.


A Drexel study examined full-service restaurant menus, and the results were not at all pleasant. While a combo meal at a burger joint has more calories than you need for one meal, a full meal at a sit-down restaurant may have more than you need in an entire day.


The researchers defined a meal for an adult as an entree with a side and half of an appetizer, along with the free bread often offered. The average full meal at a sit-down place hit about 1,500 calories and went well over the daily recommended limit for saturated fat and sodium content. If you throw in a drink and half of a dessert, the average restaurant meal puts you over your daily recommended caloric intake. If you want to make sure you are getting a healthy option, you may just need to cook it yourself.





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Taco Bell’s Seasoned Beef Is Only 35 Percent Meat 


A few years back, a rumor arose saying only 35 percent (or another disturbingly small percentage) of Taco Bell seasoned beef is meat, the meat is Grade D, it’s unfit for humans, and it’s somehow still allowed to be sold to massive numbers of people. The rumor’s roots go to an Alabama lawsuit, which was thrown out of court because it was complete and utter nonsense.


To address the rumors, Taco Bell explained that their seasoned beef is 88 percent beef and 12 percent filler, which may sound less than ideal, but that’s comparable to its competitors’ recipes. The website containing this explanation also gave fun explanations for some of the more obscure components, such as “Trehalose,” which they use for sweetening purposes.


Certain paranoid people will continue to fear Taco Bell’s chemical ingredients like “maltodextrin,” but actual chemists laugh off these worries—the ingredients are all very much safe and edible.



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McDonald’s Frozen Desserts Use Pig Fat And No Dairy
  


McDonald’s calls their frozen treats “thickshakes” or just “shakes,” rather than “milkshakes.” Some people noticing this choice concluded the drink can’t be a proper milkshake at all. In fact, it probably contains no dairy whatsoever. From there, it wasn’t long before people started coming up with theories as to what McDonald’s was using instead. People proposed all sorts of fillers, from pig fat to cow eyeball fluid to Styrofoam balls to bird feathers.


It’s true that the treats don’t use real ice cream, which is why McDonald’s doesn’t call them “milkshakes.” Instead, they use a premade mix—one that does contain dairy. Making actual ice cream shakes fresh on a massive scale day in and day out would be hard to manage logistically.


You may choose not to drink their shakes if you don’t like the taste, but for those of you who do, there isn’t anything out of the ordinary to worry about, aside from how fattening they are.



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The Salads Are A Healthy Option 


Salads seem the healthiest option when eating fast food. They’re made of vegetables, after all, which surely have to be better for you than greasy burgers and fries. In reality, however, the salad option contains so much cheese, dressing, or meat that they’re as bad as anything else on the menu.


The Consumerist looked at several fast food chains and found that the salads have as many calories as other menu items. Even worse, salads often contain more fat, more sugar, and oftentimes an absolutely whopping pile of sodium. While salad may sometimes be a healthy option, when you buy it from a burger joint, it probably isn’t.




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Fast Food Is Cheap 


One of the most pervasive myths about fast food, as well as junk food in general, is that it’s far less pricey than healthier alternatives. This explanation is often used by people incredulous that anyone would willingly choose junk if better food is cheaper or comparatively priced. But while fast food is certainly cheap compared with other sorts of restaurants, it’s downright expensive compared with what you prepare at home, even when you cook far higher-quality food.


NY Times
 food columnist Mark Bittman notes that the average McDonald’s combo meal costs about $7, adding up to $28 to feed a family of four. You could feed the family an entire chicken dinner at home for roughly half the cost, and you’ll be giving them a much healthier plate.


On the other hand, cooking food yourself does have a cost of its own. It takes time, and it takes effort. Fast food is undeniably the more convenient choice, which is why people will continue to pick it. But if you have the time and energy, eating at home is a much better option in every way.




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White Castle’s Bait-And-Switch Onions 


You may not live in an area with a White Castle, but you may know of it from a certain movie where two guys try really hard to get to one. For those still unfamiliar with the chain, White Castle’s miniature burgers are famous for being incredibly cheap and, anecdotally, for giving indigestion a few hours after eating them. Fans also know the restaurant for its trademark steamed meat that always comes with onions because onions are just that important. For some reason, rumors say that White Castle is pulling a bait-and-switch with one of their most cherished ingredients.


The rumors state that White Castle onions are actually pieces of cabbage soaked in onion juice. It would seem one of the strangest and most pointless things that a fast food restaurant could do, but enough people believe the rumor that White Castle actually responds to it on their website.


Their burgers contain no cabbage and do indeed have real onions—although the restaurant admits to using rehydrated onions ever since World War II.



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Arby’s Roast Beef Is Made From A Gel 


This weird rumor says Arby’s roast beef arrives at the store in a liquid gel form inside a sealed plastic bag. The congealed mixture is heated till it becomes sliceable and is then served to the poor, naive customer. Unlike some rumors, this one has understandable origins, but it’s still wholly false.


The fact-checkers at Snopes talked to several people who worked at actual Arby’s restaurants and learned the source of the confusion. The meat arrives at the store inside airtight plastic bags, with a thin layer of basting solution that looks like a gel. This could easily lead a new employee who hasn’t yet cut into the bag and roasted the beef to think they were looking at a lumpy, gelatinous mess. You may or may not find Arby’s food particularly appetizing, but rest assured that it’s actual beef.



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McDonald’s Egg Patties Come Pre-Formed
 


The uniform circular shape of McDonald’s Egg McMuffin patties look so perfect that people think it’s some artificial substance sent to the restaurant in readymade shapes. However, when McDonald’s in Canada was asked about this question, they responded by supplying a video of how the egg process actually works.


The eggs really are just eggs, and that perfect shape is achieved by cooking them using a ring mold, a method almost elegant in its simplicity. The scrambled eggs are slightly more questionable, as they are made with a liquid egg mix and cooked with margarine, but they still do contain actual egg.



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Darker Roasted Coffee Contains More Caffeine
 


One of the most common misconceptions among those who head to Starbucks or order coffee at a burger joint is that bolder, blacker coffee is stronger and gives a more intense buzz. But if you’re looking for the strongest possible caffeine hit, you should purchase a lighter roasted coffee.


Coffee beans start out green and become darker due to the roasting process. As the roasting process continues, you also end up losing more caffeine, so darker roasts have less than their lighter counterparts.


The best way to truly increase your caffeine buzz in the morning is to add a shot or two of espresso to your coffee, something that most cafes will happily do for you.
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I typically avoid McDonalds and all those big name places. I usually cook at home, but I do occasionally get fast food. If I go for fast food I'll to go Chick-Fil-A for the most part. For burgers I prefer the smaller locally owned burger joints or at least something like Five Guys. 

The one Fast Food is cheap one is kind of silly. It's always cheaper to cook at home, it shocks me that people don't understand this, then again I've sadly debated younger coworkers about this. However, if you're going to eat out, then generally fast food is cheaper. Even if you're going to one of the more expensive places, you don't have to worry about paying a tip either so you save there. I can get a fairly big meal at one of those places for $10 per person. You can't find any restaurant that you're going to pay $10 per person.

Also, at restaurants calories do add up fast. Usually you start with some bread (calories add up fast), which I have a hard time not eating. If you add butter even worse. Then if you get a pasta meal, they throw in a pound of pasta. Even pure meat entres sometimes come in sauces and things of that nature which may have huge calorie amounts. Add in appetizers and/or dessert, and you've suddenly got a huge calorie meal.
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                                               In the mid 70's, I went with my parents to McDonald's every week or two, and I never recall us feeling sick afterwards. Later on I ate there on occasion, until around 2005 when I started getting a sort of upper indigestion after eating, I stopped all togather and haven't gone there since.
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very interesting, thanks for sharing!! (fwiw, my first job was at a little caesar's pizza and my parents would comment the same thing about my uniform reaking of pizza)
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(03-01-2018, 09:15 AM)Eric F Wrote:                                                In the mid 70's, I went with my parents to McDonald's every week or two, and I never recall us feeling sick afterwards. Later on I ate there on occasion, until around 2005 when I started getting a sort of upper indigestion after eating, I stopped all togather and haven't gone there since.

On the flip side, my wife had gallbladder problems years ago. Before she had it removed, meat was a major culprit in flare ups resulting in extreme pain. The only 'meat' she could eat without pain was Mickey Dee's hamburgers. Sure they're '100% beef'! :LOL:
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In our family, it's very rare that we get anything from fast food places, as I and four of the kids are celiacs, and my wife is gluten intolerant. We have, in the past, gotten french fries at McDonalds and my wife has gotten chili and french fries for the girls at Wendy's twice, but it's cheaper to make the food, and much safer for us. When you can easily get sick for days just for a burger, it's a turn-off to eating out.
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(02-26-2018, 02:14 PM)Zedta Wrote:
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McDonald’s Egg Patties Come Pre-Formed 

The uniform circular shape of McDonald’s Egg McMuffin patties look so perfect that people think it’s some artificial substance sent to the restaurant in readymade shapes. However, when McDonald’s in Canada was asked about this question, they responded by supplying a video of how the egg process actually works.


The eggs really are just eggs, and that perfect shape is achieved by cooking them using a ring mold, a method almost elegant in its simplicity. The scrambled eggs are slightly more questionable, as they are made with a liquid egg mix and cooked with margarine, but they still do contain actual egg.
I use a ring mould at home. An English muffin, a slice of 'Canadian' bacon, a slice of American 'cheese food', and an egg, and voilà, I've got an 'Egg McMuffin', cheaper and more healthy than at Mickey Dee's!
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I used to do tech support for McDonald's. The reason the burgers don't rot is because there is so much sodium in them. Just one bun contains your entire daily allowance of sodium. All food industry establishments have significantly lowered quality in the neverending quest for more and more profits.
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(03-01-2018, 01:22 PM)jovan66102 Wrote:
(02-26-2018, 02:14 PM)Zedta Wrote:
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McDonald’s Egg Patties Come Pre-Formed 

The uniform circular shape of McDonald’s Egg McMuffin patties look so perfect that people think it’s some artificial substance sent to the restaurant in readymade shapes. However, when McDonald’s in Canada was asked about this question, they responded by supplying a video of how the egg process actually works.


The eggs really are just eggs, and that perfect shape is achieved by cooking them using a ring mold, a method almost elegant in its simplicity. The scrambled eggs are slightly more questionable, as they are made with a liquid egg mix and cooked with margarine, but they still do contain actual egg.
I use a ring mould at home. An English muffin, a slice of 'Canadian' bacon, a slice of American 'cheese food', and an egg, and voilà, I've got an 'Egg McMuffin', cheaper and more healthy than at Mickey Dee's!

Sounds good, but I never use American cheese. That's a trade name signifying fake cheese. Try a good Vermont extra sharp cheddar or some pepper jack or something!
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If you ever look at the nutrition information on any fast food place the sodium content is disgusting. Between processing, lower quality ingredients, and needing to preserve everything they add tons of salts. Many use MSG which for lots of people makes them feel awful afterwards.
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